Bored with the basic blue jean? For coming seasons, denim makers are mixing things up. Stretch-blend denim has been growing in popularity for several years, and now new cellulose fibers like Tencel, Modal, viscose and Cupro are getting into the act. The blends add fresh texture, sheen and drape to the fabric, and are more eco-friendly than traditional cotton.
Tavex has introduced a stretch denim for men that has a heavy hand and vintage aspect to retain the fabric’s rugged, masculine quality. Other recent innovations for the firm include its Denim Therapy line, billed to improve one’s muscle tone and sense of well-being. Cordura’s new designs include denim in heavy weights with various degrees of stretch, using Lycra T400 and Lycra fibers. Italian denim mill Cappio Tessuti has introduced denim blends mixing cotton with Modal, viscose and Cupro, in both stretch and nonstretch versions.
Naked & Famous Denim currently offers a cashmere denim blend, Hudson has a linen blend denim in its men’s holiday collection and Diesel has introduced a new denim-effect cotton, elastane and polyester woven jersey for its new Jogg Jean, which is as cozy as sweatpants. Agave Denim is now focusing on luxury blends, like cotton linens, cotton Tencel and pure Tencel.
“We strongly believe that we have to make more of an effort in producing new sustainable products,” says Adriano Goldschmied, executive vice president of product development for Citizens of Humanity and GoldSign. “Cellulosic fibers originate from trees and take up less water and less land.”
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)